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Dr. Irv Loh Dr. Loh
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Could diet pills cause heart failure?

Dr. Irv Loh Dr. Loh
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Could diet pills cause heart failure?

Possibly: During the phenertermine scare several years ago, certain valvular disorders as well as pulmonary artery hypertension were associated with its use in weight loss regimens. Heart failure was a possible result. Some older diet pills are variants of amphetamines, which is a "sympathomimetic". Chronic use of such agents can lead to cardiomyopathy that may result in heart failure. New agents better? ...Read more

Diet Pills (Definition)

Anorectic agents generally known as diet pills are medications which decrease or inhibit appetite and aid in the reduction of food intake, therefore aiding weightmloss. Most currently FDA-approved appetite medications are dispensed by prescription due to potential side effects and contraindications. Diet pills alone are seldom successful in deriving long-term weight reduction. They should only be taken under the direct supervision of a physician specifically trained in their use as a part of a multi-modal treatment program including diet, exercise, ...Read more


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I took ephedra/asprin/caffeine diet pills for about 8 years. Could they have caused my heart failure?

I took ephedra/asprin/caffeine diet pills for about 8 years. Could they have caused my heart failure?

Possibly: Every cell in the body needs an adequate supply of energy, especially the heart since it beats 70-80 times a minute for life. You may have upset energy balance and would benefit from vitamin therapy. See my blog "oxygen the spark of life and look at some of the older posts. ...Read more

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If I used diet pills like all the gals in the 70s, am I at risk for heart failure later in life? Should I be tested?

Dr. Irv Loh Dr. Loh
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If I used diet pills like all the gals in the 70s, am I at risk for heart failure later in life? Should I be tested?

Depends: Depends on agent and duration of exposure. Talk to your doctor. He may recommend a simple echocardiogram (done in a competent lab) to assuage your concerns. ...Read more

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Husband has been diagnosed with stage four cirrhosis caused by heart failure. As his caregiver what can I do to prolong his health? Diet? Prognosis

Husband has been diagnosed with stage four cirrhosis caused by heart failure.  As his caregiver what can I do to prolong his health?  Diet?  Prognosis

Get second opinion: Heart failure seldom causes advanced cirrhosis without a previous stormy course. Perhaps there has been confusion or a miscommunication. The prognosis depends on the cause of his heart failure & liver disease the combination of cirrhosis and heart failure makes me think of missed hemochromatosis -- if that's the diagnosis, he may be curable. ...Read more

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Heart failure diet to lose water retention?

Heart failure diet to lose water retention?

Low sodium: The most important thing--almost the only thing--is to restrict the sodium content of your diet. Sodium will cause fluid retention. ...Read more

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Could rib fractures cause heart failure?

Rare but it can: Its quite rare but multiple rib fractures can affect the cardiopulmonary system enough to lead to heart failure. I've seen one patient die from his rib fractures, so they all arent totally benign. ...Read more

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What poisonous metals can cause angina or heart failure?

What poisonous metals can cause angina or heart failure?

Mercury: Mercury and lead - are known to cause significant damage to the heart muscle. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


Dr. Joseph Shen
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Heart Failure (Definition)

Heart failure is a complex set of conditions in which the heart "fails" to pump a normal amount of blood with each beat. This can be due to poor squeezing function (systolic heart failure) and/or a stiff heart incapable of filling normally (diastolic heart failure). Common symptoms include swelling and trouble breathing, particularly when ...Read more